The UF HSC, with its six Health Science Colleges, provides excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary training through its large pool of potential mentors. Our mentor pool is large enough not only to provide the Scholar with a range of primary mentors, but also to have several co-mentors, which would enrich their dissertation research.
A primary mentor is defined as a faculty member who has a track record of training as a mentor and has departmental or grant funds to support the GS1-4 years of the Scholar’s MD-PhD Training. UF HSC also has a category of mentors-in-development for junior faculty who have not achieved the mentor criteria. A list of approved mentors has been drawn from the 284 faculty already formally identified as mentors on T Awards. These mentors, by definition, have agreed to commit time and effort to the mentoring of MD-PhD Scholars.
The challenge of starting clinical training after graduate school will be lessened by the Scholar’s Clinical Mentor who will meet regularly with the Scholars in GS 1-4 for case presentations, review of the history and physical process, and other shadowing experiences. They will also advise and oversee the Scholar’s longitudinal clinical experience in the Equal Access Clinic.